Here is the situation:
-I have had my website since 2000
-In Feb 2000, I was going to register mydomainname.COM, but it was asking for a VISA, which I didn't have at the time. So I said, that is fine, I will ask my cousin for his, and use it. I came back three weeks later to buy it, and coincidentally enough, someone had already taken it!
-So I ended up with mydomainname.NET Not a problem, but of course, would have rather had the .COM one!
-7 years later, my website is very successful under the .NET domain name. And guess what: the .COM one is still reserved, but no website or page is set to it. It has been like this for 7 years. I have ignored this for 7 years, but now it is starting to piss me off: why is he holding this domain name if he is not going to open a website?
I often checked his domain name since 2000, and never did I see it saying something like 'website under construction' or 'coming soon..' etc.
All I see is the following:
www.MyDomainName.COM Not Available
The domain www.MyDomainName.com which you are trying to access is currently unavailable. This may occur for several reasons -- the name may have changed, or it may have moved to a new location. Please try to access the site later, or contact the site's administrator
Bear in mind, I checked the whois, and it is reserved through 2011.
Is there any way I can get this domain name, legally or through negotation? the person very well knows about my website, but not sure if he knows it is successful. I don't have my website registered as a government organization or any legal stuff like that, but if I do, will I have any rights to the name?
please help me with any advise you can give me about how i can obtain this name. Including any negotiation or tactics I can use with him to get it.
I think by ignoring him for 7 years, and never ever asking him 'hey do you wanna sell it?' was a good tactic on my plan. If I did, he would know I am interested and would just raise the price for it.